The club was sorry to hear of the playing retirement of Gareth Thomas as a result of a recurring injury but are delighted to be able to confirm that new club recruit Steve Wilson has agreed to take on one of the most important jobs in the club, that of 2nd XV captain.
We wish Steve all the best in the job and feel sure that everyone associated with the club will rally round to provide support.
In other news, Duncan Simpson writes, “Golf day is this coming Saturday (11th). 9:30am meet for a 10am tee off as Oaksey Golf Club. Everyone that can kind of swing a club is welcome, more the merrier. Try and let me know before hand, otherwise just happy to have whoever can make it rock up! Will be a good laugh and a few beers!” There will be prizes for the winners plus extra rewards for the longest drive, nearest to the pin etc.
Pre Season training continues on Tuesday evenings.
A pre season friendly has been arranged against Cricklade away on Saturday 1st September. It has been agreed that this will be a combined 1st and 2nd team event, so a good chance to get everyone together.
On the social front, we hope to arrange an event on the 15th September after the first home fixtures of the season. Obviously, pitch conditions will need to be monitored carefully, but we will bring you more information as soon as we get it.
Some sort of gathering is aslo on the cards after the Cricklade fixture on the 1st September – watch this space.
Oktoberfest at Minety RFC on 6th October after the games against Sutton Benger (1st XV) and Melksham (2nd XV). This will be a fancy dress, European themed event. Entrance fee and exact details to follow, but one for the diary!
A “Bus Trip” is being planned for the 11th November. This follows a blank in our fixture list, although Cup matches have yet to be confirmed.
“Ladies’ Night” is set for 8th December and will double up as our Christmas Party. The “Three Crowns” at Brinkworth is a possibility.